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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

    Covid Testing Scam, Bulls End Losing Streak, and Has Omicron Really Peaked?

    Covid Testing Scam, Bulls End Losing Streak, and Has Omicron Really Peaked?

    We got a lot of COVID news this week. Some good, like maybe Chicago has passed its Omicron peak. Some decent, like free tests available online. And some very bad, like a massive COVID testing scandal. WTTW correspondent Angel Idowu and Chicago Sun-Times education reporter Nader Issa join host Jacoby Cochran to break down these stories and more. 

    Here's the article Nader mentioned: "Murders of students amid the pandemic strain schools’ ability to cope, heal"

    Guests:
    Nader Issa— Education reporter, Chicago Sun-Times
    Angel Idowu— Arts correspondent, WTTW

    BGA and City Cast Chicago Present:
    Navigating the Story of Cabrini-Green: Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. hosted by Jacoby Cochran

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    • 30 min
    The A.V. Club Just Got a Lot Less Chicago

    The A.V. Club Just Got a Lot Less Chicago

    The A.V. Club was founded as a sister publication of The Onion in 1993 for “people immersed in pop culture and entertainment media to an obsessive degree.” But the Chicago-based online publication is feeling a lot less Chicago after staffers here were told by their parent company, G/O Media, they had to move to LA or lose their jobs. All seven Chicago-based employees have decided to leave the company, saying the company left them little choice in asking them to relocate to a more expensive city without changing their salaries. A.V. Club film editor Alex Dowd, who writes under the byline A.A. Dowd, shares why he’s leaving the company and what he thinks the pop culture site will lose by pulling out of Chicago.

    Some good news: The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival begins Thursday.

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    • 15 min
    The Original Slow Cooker Was Born in Chicago

    The Original Slow Cooker Was Born in Chicago

    Irving Naxon invented the Crock-Pot, originally called the Naxon Beanery, in the 1930s. He got the idea from his Orthodox Jewish mother who tossed ingredients in a pot to cook cholent overnight for Shabbat. Cooking on Shabbat was forbidden, but this method allowed her to still serve a hot meal. The Crock-Pot was sold at big Chicago department stores like Sears and Montgomery Ward, and it was marketed as an efficient and inexpensive way to make dinner, especially for working mothers. We talk to Irving Naxon’s daughter, Lenore, who has become the unofficial historian of the Crock-Pot.

    If you haven't yet, remember to vote for us as Best Podcast and Best Newsletter in the Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago 2021" poll under the "City Life" category.

    Some Good News:
    Tomorrow Never Knows 2022 starts tonight! Find out more info and get tickets on their website.

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    • 16 min
    Is Enforcing the Restaurant Vaccine Mandate Like 'Asking for a Fight'? Depends Where You Are.

    Is Enforcing the Restaurant Vaccine Mandate Like 'Asking for a Fight'? Depends Where You Are.

    Chicago’s proof of vaccine requirement at bars, restaurants, and live music venues has been in effect for two weeks. It’s been a welcome addition for some business, workers and customers, but some say enforcing it has been a headache. Chicago Tribune’s Joel Noel tells us the reaction depends on where you are in Chicago. We also hear from a concert coordinator at City Winery about the various responses to mask and vaccine proof mandates she’s heard from customers during the pandemic.

    Guests:
    Josh Noel, reporter for the Chicago Tribune and author of "Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out"
    Jessi Roti, concert coordinator at City Winery Chicago

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    • 18 min
    CPS is Back After Standoff, Bears Keep Disappointing, and Vote for Us!

    CPS is Back After Standoff, Bears Keep Disappointing, and Vote for Us!

    It was a long news week in Chicago, as the teachers union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot fought over whether kids and teachers should be in the classroom. That disagreement meant no class at all for a week before returning Wednesday. This week was also the end of the Bears’ disappointing season, which led the team to fire head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace. WTTW’s Paris Schutz and City Cast Chicago’s Simone Alicea break down those stories, and more. Plus, the good news is City Cast Chicago is nominated for “Best Podcast” and “Best Newsletter” in the Chicago Reader, and host Jacoby Cochran has a story in the new anthology, “Storytellers' True Stories about Love.”

    Guests:
    Paris Schutz—Host and reporter, Chicago Tonight
    Simone Alicea—Producer, City Cast Chicago

    Some Good News:
    Vote for City Cast Chicago for “Best Podcast” and “Best Newsletter” in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2021” poll
    Read Jacoby’s story in the anthology, “Storytellers' True Stories about Love.” And tell us your Chicago skating stories by emailing chicago@citycast.fm or texting or calling (773) 780-0246.

    Other stories discussed:
    CPS students to walk out Friday 
    Bears Chairman George McCaskey talks about the end of the season
    New judicial subcircuits in Cook County
    Aurora Mayor considering run for governor 

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    • 25 min
    New Documentary Takes Us Inside Juice WRLD

    New Documentary Takes Us Inside Juice WRLD

    Chicago rapper Juice WRLD had a meteoric rise, going from dropping tracks on SoundCloud to becoming Billboard’s Top New Artist in less than four years. When the 21-year-old died in 2019 from a drug overdose, it sent shock waves across the city and world of music. A new album and documentary released in December continues to tell the story of the young artist and his music’s frank exploration of addiction and mental illness. We talk to Chicago music writer Mark Braboy about Juice WRLD’s impact and dig into what Braboy calls the artist’s darkest album. 

    Guest: Mark Braboy — Freelance Music Journalist

    Watch “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss” on HBOMax. Stream the album “Fighting Demons.” Check out Live Free 999, the foundation supporting mental health and addiction intervention programs started by Juice WRLD’s mom, Carmela Wallace.

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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

LizzieG88 ,

The perfect podcast for Chicagoans, and anyone who wants to learn more about Chicago

I just love this podcast! Jacoby, the host, is the perfect person to bring these stories to the listeners, really engaging with the content and the guests. I love learning more about Chicago every day, keep the episodes coming!

cleoChicago ,

Love the local news

Nice mix of stories, I like listening every morning. It makes me feel more connected to my city - I haven't been commuting or traveling much since the pandemic started.

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Local Chicago Podcast

Love this podcast and listen every day.

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